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First Day — Dec 04, 2016

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)


Ride For Bikes will be assembling bicycles for kindergarten students beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. Volunteers are needed to help assemble and deliver bikes; monetary donations are also needed. For more information, contact Robby Gaines at 308-9179 or visit rideforbikes.com


The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education Finance Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 1106 W. Quay Ave., for the purpose of discussing finances and budget issues. The meeting is open to the public.


The Second Annual Coach Mo Memorial Dodgeball Tournament will be held Monday, Dec. 19, in the Zia Intermediate School gym. Cost is $120 per team; all proceeds benefit the Marcos Morillon Memorial Scholarship Fund. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, Dec. 14. The tournament will be limited to the first eight teams registered in each age group: grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12, and adult. For more information, contact Mecca Mauritsen at 746-4335, [email protected], or online at coachmododgeball.wixsite.com/coach.


The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will host a mother-daughter Christmas craft night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at 2703 W. Main St. (beside the Moose Lodge). Girls in kindergarten and up can make Christmas ornaments and decorations with their moms, dads, aunts, grandmas or other significant adults. Hot cocoa, Girl Scout cookies, and Christmas music will be available. Cost is $15 per couple, $5 for each additional girl. For more information and to register, call 703-5006.


Children may have free photos taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Wal-Mart.


The Artesia Association of Educational Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Hotel Artesia. All retired employees of the Artesia Public Schools are invited.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)


“Artesia’s Most Wanted,” a pioneer cookbook featuring historic Artesia recipes, is available at the Artesia Historical Museum for holiday gifts. Proceeds support the museum’s traveling exhibits. For more information, call 748-2390.


The 2016 Toys for Tots campaign has begun. Look for boxes around town, including at the Daily Press offices, 503 W. Main St. To volunteer or apply to receive toys, contact Linda Ranes at 703-2112.


Yeso Elementary School fifth-graders will perform the Christmas musical “Toys” at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the school gym.


The University of New Mexico will present “How to Pay for College,” discussing items such as FAFSA, the Lottery Scholarship, college costs, and loans and grants, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the CVE Community Room. For more information, contact Jennifer at the Chase Foundation, 746-4610.


The Artesia Public Library will host an “Oh! What Fun! Family Holiday Shindig” from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The free event will feature stories, songs, activities, crafts for all ages, cookies, hot chocolate, and a special visit from Santa Claus at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Erin Loveland, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.


The Artesia Community Theatre will hold auditions for its February production of “Drinking Habits” at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at First Christian Church. Five female and three male parts are available for this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Rehearsals begin Jan. 3, 2017. For more information, contact Glenna at 703-1146.


United Blood Services will host blood drives on the following dates in December: 9 a.m. – noon Dec. 7 at Navajo Refining Co.; 8-11 a.m. Dec. 9 at PVT; 2-5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Artesia Center; 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at Hermosa Church of Christ. Register online at www.unitedbloodservices.org or contact Stephanie Seabrease at 840-8178.


The December meeting of the Helpers Club of San Pedro Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the First Baptist Church Total Life Center west meeting room. A potluck meal will follow. All members and interested persons are invited to bring a dish and attend. For more information, call 365-7244.


The Artesia Community Theatre will host “Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center lobby. Attendees are encouraged to wear an ugly sweater. Admission is $5.


First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue, will host a kids’ musical, “Hark the Herald Angel,” performed by the youth and friends of FEPC at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The event is free.


The Paperbound and Silver Screen Book Club will meet from noon – 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room. “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown will be the discussion.


The Artesia MealSite is holding a fundraiser raffle. Tickets are $2 each; buy four, get one free. The winner will be announced Dec. 16. To purchase, visit the MealSite, 1313 Gilchrist Ave., from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. weekdays.


Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join a newly-forming community choir. The choir meets from 6-7 p.m. Sundays at First Presbyterian Church, former of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue, and is currently organizing a Christmas Concert to be held Dec. 18. For more information, call the church office at 746-2721.


West Main Baptist Church is offering free family or individual counseling. For more information, contact Heather at 208-4154.


Encompass Hospice has an immediate need for volunteers to serve Artesia patients. For more information, contact Andy Harris, volunteer coordinator, at 575-887-6050.


Artesia Imports, a free group for newcomers to the community, meets at 5:45 p.m. each third Thursday of the month at Cottonwood Wine and Brewing.


A Beginning Yoga class is offered at 9 a.m. and a Children’s Yoga class at 10:30 a.m. each Saturday at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.


The Lot Auto Sales is conducting a coat drive to help kids in the community. Coats may be dropped off at The Lot, 402 S. First St.


The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The store is located at 611 N. First St. $7 bag sales (13-gallon bags) are held each Wednesday and Saturday. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.


The Artesia Quarterback Club meets at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the Bulldog Bowl Field House. All men are welcome to come support the football program.


A Teen-Anon support group, based on the 12 steps of AA/NA, will meet from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 702 W. Chisum Ave. The group is open to teens in the community who are seeking support with peers having similar struggles. For more information, call 736-7024.